CEO Amy Watson ask Jessica Stiff, Senior Management Recruiter, to share her favorite restaurant charity.
When you’re hungry, do you just reach into your pantry and pull out the something that you’re craving that minute? For me, it’s usually one of two things: a Chai Tea Latte or a piece of See’s chocolate. I just grab that craving out of my fridge or cupboard, or I jump in my car to run out to a restaurant or the grocery store to get what I want to eat. However, this is not the case for many Americans.
About 1 in every 6 Americans need hunger assistance, and there are almost 6 million Americans receiving assistance from a food pantry or soup kitchen every single week in the United States. Hunger is not just a problem that happens in “other places,” rather it is a problem in our cities and neighborhoods with friends, coworkers, and neighbors.
The Cheesecake Factory wants to make a difference in the lives of Americans facing hunger. This organization serves over 70 million guests every year, but over 25 million Americans don’t even know where their next meal is coming from. The Cheesecake Factory partners with Feeding America.
Feeding America is the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Our mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.
David Overton, Founder of The Cheesecake Factory believes in giving back to the communities where their stores are located. They do this in a number of different ways. The Cheesecake Factory collects peanut butter and soup donations every year to give toward Feeding America member Food Banks across the country. They give a portion of the sales of their cheesecakes back to Feeding America. Also, they donate unused or uncooked portions to local feeding agencies to help those in need. In addition to their daily sharing, every year on Thanksgiving Day, Cheesecake Factory employees make and serve Thanksgiving Day Feasts for soup kitchens across the country.
As we enter a new year, what can we do to help our community – our neighbors and friends as they face hunger today? This challenges me to think about others as I reach into my cabinet to pull out my craving of the moment…